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SANGEETA BIJLANI & MOHAMMAD AZHARUDDIN

The 1990s: One of the most famous/infamous and successful captains of the Indian cricket team was Mohammad Azharuddin, an exceptional cricketer. Sangeeta Bijlani was a successful model and an established actress when she met Azhar. Though married at that point to a girl named Naureen, with whom he had two sons, they had a flaming affair and Mohammad Azharuddin married Sangeeta Bijlani in 1996. Theirs was the most talked about and controversial cricketer-actress affairs. The marriage though, ended in 2010, when Azhar was rumored to be having an affair with national-level badminton star Jwala Gutta (who denies the affair completely). Ekta Kapoor produced a biopic on Azharuddin, in 2018, with Emraan Hashmi playing the cricketer.

Of the younger generation of cricket-cinema canoodles, Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani dated for a number of years but didn’t make it to the altar. The flamboyant Yuvraj Singh, after having whirled many a giddy Bollywood wannabe on her toes, including a short dalliance with Deepika Padukone (before she became a big-ticket star), eventually wedded Hazel Keech, a starlet who never made it beyond that, for lack of opportunity. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh wedded small-time actress Geeta Basra in 2015 and they have a daughter since.

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Suguna Sundaram belongs to the rare breed of writers who has been editor of some of most popular (and boldest) fanzines, as also an expert in Indian classical music and dance.

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